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post #1 of 4 Old 11-19-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for Starting Over

I just lost all of my fish, so I am planning to breakdown my tank and start over. However, I'm feeling a little gun shy (fish dying makes me sad ), so I was hoping to get advice to make sure I start things off on the right foot.

I want to clean everything thoroughly because I think that some type of disease killed my previous fish. I know not to use soap, but I read that you can use bleach to clean the tank. Has anyone done this? Does it seem to work?

I'm planning to do a fishless cycle using fish food (no convenient source of pure ammonia). I do have a one gallon tank with a very healthy beta. Would it make sense to steal some rocks/filter material from the small tank to seed the larger one? Also, does anyone have an idea how long it would take to cycle in this case?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM
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Sorry to hear about your fish loss :( You can clean the tank with a bleach solution but be sure to rinse it A LOT and then rinse again with dechlorinated water that you've conditioned.

What size tank are you talking about?

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-19-2012, 01:06 PM
Sorry to hear also.

I would do a "beaslbob" build which is a low tech planted tank.

But what you would expect from a beaslbob. LOL


maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-20-2012, 06:29 PM
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As mentioned, you can use a bleach solution to clean but only use it on the tank, filter tubes and heater; rinse very, very well, and then allow to fully air dry.

Do not use bleach on porous things like the gravel/sand, filter media, rock or wood. Discard all of these and use new.

If live plants are possible/intended, I would use these to "cycle" and forget the ammonia. Much easier and safer and instant.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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